Cow & Gate recalls baby food over ‘tampering’ concerns

27 January 2020

Cow & Gate and Tesco are recalling thousands of jars of baby food over “concerns that some jars may have been tampered with”. 

The baby food manufacturer is voluntarily recalling 15 varieties of its seven-months-plus Cow & Gate baby food 200g jars, which are sold by Tesco, as a “precautionary measure”. 

All batches and all best-before dates are being recalled, according to the Food Standards Agency. 

The recall includes 15 varieties, including Butternut Squash Chicken & Pasta, Courgette & Hake Rice, and Creamy Cauliflower Cheese sold in Tesco stores in the UK. Jars sold in other retailers are not affected. 

Customers have been urged to not feed the baby food purchased from Tesco to their child and instead return it to their local store for a full refund. 

The firms said: “No other Cow & Gate, Tesco or other branded baby products are affected. Consumers can continue to buy and use these products bought from other retailers with complete confidence.

“We regret that this incident has happened and are sorry for the concern and the inconvenience that this recall may cause.”

Last year, Cow & Gate recalled jars of Cheesy Broccoli Bake after “small pieces of a thin blue rubber glove” were discovered.

In December 2019, Tesco recalled thousands of jars of Heinz By Nature baby food after two sharp metal fragments were found in a single jar. 

At the time, the firms said: “Safety is our number one priority.”

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